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The aftermath of the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman who shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin has deepened the racial divide.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at how some in the African American community in Salisbury are reacting to the outcome of the case. Interviews were gathered by intern Johnny Pollard.

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Rep. Andy Harris

“Get over it.”

Those were the words of Congressman Andy Harris had for those disappointed by the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the shooting death of an African American teenager.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WMAL, “We’re hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not guilty by a jury.”

The Maryland congressman went on to say “That’s the way the American law system works.”

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Maryland Attornrey General Doug Gansler says he was not surprised by the not-guilty verdict in the case of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Gansler during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University in part one of an interview this week.

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The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial drew some dramatic reaction in the African American community on Delmarva.

In Wilmington, the Reverend Sylvester Beaman, pastor of the the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, did not wear his traditional robes yesterday.

Instead, he donned a black hoodie, the same apparel Trayvon Martin when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman in February of last year in Sanford Florida.

He told the told his congregation that he was doing so in solidarity with the Martin family.


           More than 100 students gathered at the University of Delaware in Newark yeserday…for a march, rally and voter registration drive.

            In the wake of second degree murder charges filed against George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin the Wilmington News Journal reports that the crowd was asked how many had had their car search by police.

            Dozens of the 100 students raised their hands at the rally organized by the Black Student Union and Black Graduate Student Association.


       NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Officials at William Penn High School are allowing a temporary change in the dress code so students can wear hoodies.

     Students will be allowed to wear hooded sweat shirts on today as a silent demonstration in response to the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Principal Jeffrey Menzer granted a request from a student leader who asked that a school policy banning hoodies be lifted for one day so students could join a national call for justice.